Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin takes stock of Incarnate Word win

BERKELEY -- Cal continued to struggle against the zone in an all-too-narrow win over Incarnate Word, with undefeated Saint Mary's on the horizon.

California Head Coach Cuonzo Martin

Opening Statement

“I am happy for the win. I thought we played well in spurts, shot 51 percent from the field, and 62 percent in the second half. I thought we did better in the second half moving the ball, not to say it was bad in the first half but I thought we missed some threes in the first half [and] some guys got a little hesitant. I thought them making threes in the first half kind of bogged us down and spread the game out in the second half pressing a little bit. I thought it gave our guys a little bit more energy (and) took a little bit of time off the clock on their end. Now we just have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and being strong with the basketball.” the first half 

“I think what happened, again I have to go back and watch film, but I thought that we had some looks. I think Jabari [Bird] had two or three good looks against that zone, but you have to make shots. You still have to post up strong. But on the plus side I thought our guys did a great job of having a conscious effort of trying to pound the ball inside. Now again, sometimes I think it was forced to get the ball inside, really more in the first half than the second half. We have to do a better job of moving the ball then attack, but I thought it was a better job in the second half.”

On if the team shot too many 3's (8-for-23)

“Again I have to go back and watch film, but I don’t think there is a such thing as too many threes. Some guys probably shot an uncharacteristic three as opposed to shooting too many threes. I thought Jabari’s looks, when he shot when I thought he was open, but I thought most of Jabari’s looks were good looks.”

On freshman Jaylen Brown's performance (5-for-13 from the field, 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 fouls)

“I think it was great for him. The one thing about him is he plays with a lot of energy and a lot of passion. He’s attacking. He’s making plays. He’s the guy that’s used to having the ball in his hands, and we need to put him in a position to score the ball. He’s a very willing passer, and that’s another great thing about him. I just talked to him about staying aggressive, and his aggressive is really shooting the ball but also attacking and to make plays for other guys” Top Stories